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    looks like i'm back in the jeep game... albeit a in a crusty one

    So i found a jeep i had to have... I was looking for a 4.0 to swap into a buddy's CJ and this guy told me he had one... then we get to talking and he has an entire jeep! so i hit him up to see what he'd want for the whole thing. He was reasonable and i figured what the heck.

    2004 jeep wrangler columbia edition
    178k miles
    AC (works!)
    5 speed
    good tires, good top, decent body
    full hard doors (soon up for trade for half doors)
    good top (windows need some love, they're pretty cloudy)
    Edge programmer, throttle body, intake.

    ok so the bad. it has some frame rot i'm going to have to deal with. Probably end up with a safe t cap.
    Drivers side fender is rotten on top. it has a rust spot in the rocker and on the windshield frame.

    Also, the guy told me the rear end blew... but it rolls. and it has a broken ujoint. so i'm wondering if the ujoint just let go and he assumed it went.. because the pinion bearing feels good. and there's no play. I'll know more once i get it home and apart. (picking it up friday).

    Anyway, on to the pics.

    the good:













    AAAAAND the bad





    So this isn't going to be one i sink tons and tons of money into. Knowing that it has some frame rot. I'll probably cut out what's bad and see what i'm left with. If it's enough to safely plate i'll do that for now and safe T cap it next year. If it's too far gone i'll just order the Safe T cap and do that over the winter.

    the plan right now is:
    33x10.50x15 bfg's or coopers on stock wheels
    2.5"-3" of lift
    Eautogrilles rocker guards ($140 and i can cut out the rocker rust and use these to cover my body work)
    basic pro comp bumpers
    8,000 lb winch
    rear D44 with 4.56's (already have this lined up)
    Front 4.56's and lockrite

    that's it. Keep it small and mellow. i think with some elbow grease it'll shine up pretty nice. The rust is what it is. But for the $ i couldn't pass it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002wranglerX View Post
    Also, the guy told me the rear end blew... but it rolls. and it has a broken ujoint. so i'm wondering if the ujoint just let go and he assumed it went.. because the pinion bearing feels good. and there's no play. I'll know more once i get it home and apart. (picking it up friday).
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    Nice pick-up. Looking forward to the build thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_War_Wagon View Post
    ONE TONS!!!

    Nice pick-up. Looking forward to the build thread.
    LOL. rear 44 should be enough for 33's my big boy jeep days are over.
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    Trailer queens are over rated lol. Glad you have one you will be able to drive. I have put 20k miles on the 7 this year.
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    Nice!
    You sure the 33's won't rub with stock wheels?
    My '04 Unlimited rubbed with 32's on stock wheels, with 2-1/2 bb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hyperbuzzin View Post
    Nice!
    You sure the 33's won't rub with stock wheels?
    My '04 Unlimited rubbed with 32's on stock wheels, with 2-1/2 bb.
    The 33x10.50s should be ok, I have done it.

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    I've actually also done 33x12.50's on factory ecco wheels (what i have). no spacers. but you have to cut the upper rear spring perch to make it work.

    I'm debating on the wheels. with the wider stock flares it could use a little less backspacing... method makes a 15x7 3.75" BS wheel that's pretty interesting. with a 33x10.50 maxxis...

    I need to sell something before i can fund that though lol. trying to keep the race car AND jeep is brutal lol
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    I've actually also done 33x12.50's on factory ecco wheels (what i have). no spacers. but you have to cut the upper rear spring perch to make it work.

    I'm debating on the wheels. with the wider stock flares it could use a little less backspacing... method makes a 15x7 3.75" BS wheel that's pretty interesting. with a 33x10.50 maxxis...

    I need to sell something before i can fund that though lol. trying to keep the race car AND jeep is brutal lol

    i started doing my build list and it goes something like this:

    Maxxis razr MT in 33x10.50 (either stock wheels or methods)
    Pro comp rear bumper
    Eautogrilles front bumper with integrated winch mount
    Eautogrilles rocker guards (gotta fix that rocker rust somehow lol)
    Smittybuilt winch (unless i find a used warn for a good price) with synthetic line
    hybrid JK spring/shock lift. possibly using some RK 2.5 front coils a buddy has
    lockrite in in the front 30
    rear corner guards with LED tails.

    couple of optional things i'm debating
    1. Dana 44 with 4.56's out of my buddy's tj, would also mean regearing the front to 4.56
    2. new top - my windows are pretty foggy
    3. full soft doors or trading my full doors for half doors.


    couple of things that need to happen anyway:
    Frame needs patched/safetcapped
    new driver side fender

    i don't want to get too crazy. since it has rust issues. But i can't leave it stock... it's just not in me.
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    i also got it running and driving this weekend. still a long way to go though.
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    Dug up some pics of my 33x12.50 on stock ecco wheels...








    and what i had to do to make them fit:



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    What an awesome rig.

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    ok so picked up some 33x12.50 MTR's on some ugly wheels lol. I tossed stock JK coils in the back and some 2" springs up front. I need to add spacers up front but i wanted to see where this put me first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002wranglerX View Post
    ok so picked up some 33x12.50 MTR's on some ugly wheels lol. I tossed stock JK coils in the back and some 2" springs up front. I need to add spacers up front but i wanted to see where this put me first.
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